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Michael Perez, commonly known as Mike Perez is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under André Galvao and a representative of the Atos JJ Academy in the sport’s international circuit. Perez earned his reputation as one of the top US competitors of his generation through his wins in important tournaments such as the ADCC US Trials and International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World and Pan American No-Gi Championships.

Michael Perez Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Michael Anthony Perez

Nickname: Perez is often referenced as “el Patron”. The name caught on during the Grappling Pro Championship tournament in 2016, where Mike was cornering teammate Lucas Barbosa. Perez showed up with mustard yellow trousers, a tiger-striped collar shirt and his hair combed back, immediately causing people to correlate the visual with that of Pablo Escobar (AKA el Patron).

Lineage: M. Maeda > Carlos Gracie Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > L. Dagmar > André Galvão > Mike Perez

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Denver Open (2019)
  • 2nd Place Kasai II Grand Prix( 2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship NoGi (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place ADCC US Trials Championship (2013/2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship (2014 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2015 brown, 2014 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NoGi (2014**/2013 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2013 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Juvenile World Championship  (2010)
  • 2nd Place USBJJF/IBJJF American Championship NoGi (2013* purple, 2011 blue)
  • 2nd Place USBJJF/IBJJF American Championship (2011 blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2013* purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2017 brown, 2010 blue)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Well Rounded

Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94,30 kg / 208.0 lbs

Team/Association: Atos JJ

Mike Perez Biography

Michael Perez was born on September 14, 1992 in Washington DC though he grew up in between Tennessee and Texas, where his parents were located.

During his mid-teens, Mike decided he wanted to learn how to defend himself in a physical altercation, choosing to sign on to jiu-jitsu classes with Paul Thomas and Brandon Mullins for that effect. It was under the tutelage of these two coaches, at Westside MMA academy that Perez became embedded in grappling culture, going on to add wrestling to his daily routine – competing for Morton Ranch High School during his senior year.

As time went by Perez’ desire to become a full-time athlete grew, and finding out about Team Lloyd Irvin‘s “Medal Chasers” program in Maryland – which offered shelter, food, training, and competition registration fees, he decided to apply. After his acceptance, Perez moved with all his possessions to “The Jungle”, the athletes’ house at TLI where he arrived as a blue belt.

In 2013 Mike decided to leave the Team Lloyd Irvin base camp, claiming maladaptation to the Maryland weather, and the long-distance from friends and family. He found a new home in San Diego, California which was rapidly becoming the sport’s Mecca. He joined the Atos Jiu-Jitsu Academy of André and Angélica Galvao.

Enjoying very fruitful competitive years defending the Atos flag Mike Perez earned both his purple and brown belts, conquering also the “Atos Brown Belt of the Year Award” in 2016. His constant positive performances in the colored belt divisions of the sport made way for his promotion to black belt, shortly after the ADCC tournament world finals in which Perez participated, on October 2017.

Michael Perez Grappling Record

15 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (27%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (33%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kneebar
25
1
#86e620
Outside heel hook
25
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
25
1
#d1212a
Guillotine
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
13 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (23%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (8%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
67
2
#86e620
Choke from back
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Michael Perez Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14123Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPenACBJJ 8O95KG4F2017
14470Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPointsACB JJ 995KG4F2017
15256Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLChoke from backPan American82KG8F2018
15703Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseLPts: 4x2Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15713Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGF2018
16765Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
16777V. HugoLArmbarW.S.O.G.O81KG8F2018
17177Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 7x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2018
17220Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.85KGSF2018
18331Athos MirandaLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR12018
20257Rudson MateusRudson MateusLArmbarWorld Champ.88KGR22019
21334Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLReferee DecisionADCC88KGR12019
21393Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x0ADCCABSR12019
15098Sergio RiosSergio RiosWKneebarMexico Winter Open88KGSF2018
15701Dante LeonDante LeonWOutside heel hookKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15705Craig JonesCraig JonesWPts: 3x2Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16754Morgan NeidlingerWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KGR12018
16759Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
17170A. BerzinWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
17174B. LenyardWPts: 4x2No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
17215R. ReisWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.85KGR12018
17217Chris BanghartWPts: 17x2No Gi Pan Am.85KG4F2018
19176Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWReferee DecisionPolaris 985KGSPF2019
20062Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWPts: 0x0, AdvSan Diego OpenABS4F2019
20106Marcus SalernoWPointsDenver OpenO100KGSF2019
20107John HansenWChoke from backDenver OpenO100KGF2019
20250Roberto DibWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGR12019
20444Travis MooreWGuillotineThird Coast94KGSPF2019

Michael Perez vs Gordon Ryan (2015)

Michael Perez Black Belt Promotion

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